LONDON – This November, Sotheby’s will stage Bowie/Collector, a three-part sale encompassing some 400 items from the private collection of legendary musician David Bowie. At the heart of of the sale is a remarkable group of more than 200 works by many of the most important British artists of the 20th Century, including Frank Auerbach, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland.
NEW YORK – “How chic is it to have a French 18th-century chair next to a steel Maria Pergay chair with contemporary art in the background?” asks interior decorator Alex Papachristidis. While many would find this mélange of styles intimidating to execute, Papachristidis fully embraces the art of mixing. “To me, when you live with individual taste, that’s real style.” Born and raised on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Papachristidis has been internationally admired for his saturated colours, attention to detail and use of eclectic influences ever since establishing his firm in 1987. Now bringing his astute eye and knowledge of decorative arts history to Sotheby’s, Papachristidis shopped our cross-category Contemporary Living sale to share his best tips for blending contemporary and traditional interiors. Read on to discover his favourite lots and why he believes that “if you’re collecting great art, you should also be collecting great furniture.”
Interior designer to Bette Midler and the legendary Chateau Marmont Hotel, Uruguay-born Fernando Santangelo is attracted to the mystery of objects. Watch as he combines property from Sotheby’s 28 July auction of Contemporary Living to create stunning vignettes.
Noah and Eric Wunsch are Co-Directors of the Wunsch Americana Foundation along with their father Peter. The brothers are hosting Sotheby's Open House in New York on 26 July from 5–8 PM. Exhibitions are on view for the Contemporary Art Online, Made in America and Contemporary Living auctions. We caught up with the Wunschs to talk about their foundation, its mission and get some of their tips on participating at auction.
Among the nearly 250 lots on offer in the upcoming Contemporary Living auction in New York, ten photographs stand out to Specialist Aimee Pflieger. Click ahead to find out why these picks have caught her eye. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
David Bowie was a musician, actor and icon, as well as a publisher, curator and magazine editor with Modern British art at the heart of those passions. Born in South London, it’s perhaps no surprise that he was drawn to chroniclers of the capital’s streets such as Harold Gilman and Frank Auerbach while he also collected St Ives-based painter Peter Lanyon in particular depth. However, his collection is by no means limited to British art alone and also encompasses Contemporary African art, self-taught artists from Vienna’s Gugging institution, as well as designs by Ettore Sottsass and the revolutionary Memphis group. Click ahead to see selected highlights from the collection, set to be unveiled in its entirety in the coming weeks and months. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
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